Neuropsychiatric Complications of COVID-19

COVID-19 presents with a wide array of symptoms, some of which can be long-lasting. Although the coronavirus is known for causing a cough, shortness of breath, and fever, you may be surprised to learn that it’s also associated with neuropsychiatric complications in some individuals. The same immune response that often leads to severe respiratory illness can also cause inflammation in the brain leading to neuronal damage and interfering with production of neurotransmitters.  Whether you’ve experienced unusual symptoms or you’re simply staying vigilant about the possibilities, it’s important to be aware of the psychiatric effects that COVID-19 sometimes causes.

Chronic Fatigue

Have you noticed that you’re more fatigued than usual after recovering from COVID-19? If so, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue as a result of the virus. One of the most common symptoms of “long COVID” is extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest and is often worse after exercise.

Unexplained Pain

When you’re initially infected with COVID-19, body aches, headaches, and chest pain aren’t unexpected. However, certain individuals continue to experience unexplained pain after recovering. This can manifest as joint pain, muscle pain, or persistent headaches.

Memory Problems

If you’ve been feeling foggy after COVID-19, you’re not alone. Many patients report memory problems and difficulty concentrating. “Brain fog” is a frustrating symptom to live with and may affect both your personal and professional life. Struggling to focus on a task, becoming confused easily, or unusual forgetfulness are examples of memory and concentration issues that plague many individuals after COVID-19.

Depression and Anxiety

Effects from the virus are far-reaching and may have an impact on many aspects of the body and brain. According to new research, a surprising number of patients who have had COVID-19 have been diagnosed with a new psychiatric or neurological illness. Depression and anxiety are among the most common newly-reported conditions.

Is there a role for Ketamine?

COVID-19 is a devastating disease that can cause significant problems even for those who are considered to be fully recovered. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above as a result of COVID-19, it can be challenging to find a path forward.

Research has shown that ketamine reduces inflammatory markers which may provide hope for patients suffering from long term neuropsychiatric symptoms after COVID-19. Ketamine administered by a medical professional can be effective in alleviating numerous conditions, from treatment-resistant depression to chronic pain. To learn more about how ketamine may help you, please contact our team. During your initial consultation, we’ll get to know you and identify a customized plan of action for your specific needs. We specialize in the treatment of conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatments and we look forward to helping you.

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